beowulf2.jpg (13211 bytes)BEOWULF PC Cluster

It's a kind of high-performance massively parallel computer built primarily out of commodity hardware components, running a free-software operating system like Linux or FreeBSD, interconnected by a private high-speed network. It consists of a cluster of PCs or workstations dedicated to running high-performance computing tasks. The nodes in the cluster don't sit on people's desks; they are dedicated to running cluster jobs. It is usually connected to the outside world through only a single node.

Link: The Beowulf Project

Time-Surfer: a 16-node PC cluster at Wayne State.

A schematic of Time-Surfer.

Front View

Back View

System Configuration:
(built in June 1999)

Master Node: Dual Pentium III 450 MHz/ 512M ECC SDRAM/ Ternary 3C905 NIC
Slave Node: Dual Pentium III 450 MHz/ 512M ECC SDRAM/ Dual 3C905 NIC
Network Switch: Dual SMZ EZ1024FDT Switch
KVM Switch: Iogear Miniview G-CS138